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Non-bogan car seat covers in Canberra

By carnardly - 7 December 2011 31

 The Carnard family has upgraded the family car to a far newer model than that previously owned.  This car has front seat side airbags.  In the interests of keeping it clean and as kidfriendly as possible (eg safe from spills and crap) the boss wants seat covers.  Some folk have warned/advised(?) us re fitting “normal” seat covers as, in the event of a collision, the airbags won’t go off, insurance is invalid blah blah.   I’m not sure whether that’s rumour or rubbish.

The boss went to a couple of car part shops on the weekend and found many a seat cover (Repco, Autopro etc).  Unfortunately, the covers they sold were all Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Playboy bunnies, southern crosses or ones equally boguesque.  Gag!   Most of these were the pullover type anyway with no side hole.   Is there anywhere out there that sells normal plain black or conservative seat covers suitable for a car with side airbags? (prefer not to use sheepskin for the sake of the sheep).  Do these things really need to be fitted by an “authorised installer” or can anyone simply pull them on. 

I went to one of the major ford dealers in town and they said they don’t sell them either.  Is there anywhere that anyone could recommend for plain covers for an average family sized car? Note:  The “My Family” stickers are prohibited as well so that we are not included in the Bogan masses.  Hence the preference for non Bogue seat covers.

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Holden Caulfield 3:15 pm 08 Dec 11

lizw said :

…The side panel where the air bag is is left uncovered… and the side air bag is free to inflate if, and when needed.

Good solution.

lizw 2:54 pm 08 Dec 11

Back to the OP… We had ours custom made at Auobarn at Fyshwick. The side panel where the air bag is is left uncovered. I think it may have been around $300 or so for the front and back seats. We chose the material, and they were made up for us. It took around a week. We’re pleased with the results, and the side air bag is free to inflate if, and when needed.

arescarti42 10:35 pm 07 Dec 11

Mang said :

Tell me, where can someone like me find such a magical life changing set of seat covers?

Will it clear up my bad skin?

Will it help me with women?

I know its greedy to ask but, shoould I be waiting, is there more?!

It un-wrinkles your wrinkles, opens your pores, straightens your posture, flattens your tummy, fattens your bank account, re-closes your pores, changes your tires, whitens your smile, it does everything!

Mumbucks 10:17 pm 07 Dec 11

You want to keep the car safe from kid spills? Do not eat in the car sunshine!

Sandman 9:42 pm 07 Dec 11

el said :

Either that or put the $131 per seat cover into the bank, avoid giving the kids messy food/drinks in the car, and have any ‘wrecked’ seats re-upholstered by a motor trimmer at the cost of a couple of hundred bucks if the need arises – I have to ask, what are they likely to be spilling that you can’t simply wipe/mop out of the upholstery (modern automotive seats are easy clean), and will you be throwing these expensive seat covers in the garbage as soon as they get things spilled on them?

Tell ‘the boss’ that seat covers usually look stupid, never fit properly and in your case could interfere with safety devices designed to save your life. Scotchguard seems like a winner as mentioned by Grrrr.

What el said. Seat covers seem to be more a magnet for dirt, crumbs and other stuff than they do a protector. Any serious liquid spill will go through the seat cover anyway and all the other stuff will vacuum off the standard seats no worries. A good steam clean every couple years will keep them good as new. If you’re worried about resale call up some wreckers and buy another rear seat (rear sets aren’t big demand items for wreckers and there are lots of late model writeoffs in NSW that can’t be registered again).

Other seat cover issues include the not fitting properly, wearing out quickly, shifting around. Seat covers are for seats that are ripped, torn and stuffed, hence the bogan market.

sebrey 9:04 pm 07 Dec 11

Having owned a large Ford with Side Impact air bags, these were located in the side pillars of the car, I would suggest Ford would not have changed to airbags in the seats, and sorry Ford but that sounds too sofisticated for you.
Have a look on the Front and side pillars for SRS and this will answer your question. I
n regards to plain seat covers K-Mart and Big-W might serve your purpose for plain, alternatively , and making assumptions Ford used to make/sell these:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/GENUINE-FORD-TERRITORY-WATERPROOF-REAR-SEAT-COVERS-/230647515443?pt=AU_Car_Parts_Accessories&hash=item35b3a9c933

eily 7:46 pm 07 Dec 11

carnardly said :

…I know I have no control over other drunks or stupids that may be out there today, tomorrow or in the future…

Other? drunks or stupids.

el 7:35 pm 07 Dec 11

carnardly said :

oh well… I may as well back to the Ford website then eh…?

Either that or put the $131 per seat cover into the bank, avoid giving the kids messy food/drinks in the car, and have any ‘wrecked’ seats re-upholstered by a motor trimmer at the cost of a couple of hundred bucks if the need arises – I have to ask, what are they likely to be spilling that you can’t simply wipe/mop out of the upholstery (modern automotive seats are easy clean), and will you be throwing these expensive seat covers in the garbage as soon as they get things spilled on them?

Tell ‘the boss’ that seat covers usually look stupid, never fit properly and in your case could interfere with safety devices designed to save your life. Scotchguard seems like a winner as mentioned by Grrrr.

Oh, and I agree with everything Holden Caulfield said.

Grrrr 7:10 pm 07 Dec 11

carnardly, does your car have airbags mounted in the seats (as opposed to door/pillar/roof mounted) like your first post suggests?

Will the car seat cover block the airbag?

If yes, then don’t use the cover. Put the money towards a Scotchguard treatment or similar.

drfelonious 6:32 pm 07 Dec 11

What you want is a Holden/Ford/Jim Beam/Jack Daniels/Playboy montage – all against the background of the Aussie flag and/or southern cross.

True hipsters will recognise you as one of them by your ultracool ironic reference to the fact that all of the referenced bogan “Aussie” icons are actually American.

Holden Caulfield 5:01 pm 07 Dec 11

Mang said :

Were you wronged by a seat cover at some point in your life?

Did a seat cover touch you in your special place when you were a child?

Just sounds like there must be some sort of dark painful history there for you to come off sounding like such a jerk =/

Haha, I have plenty of material left. But, yes, I would personally consider any seat cover a fashion crime. 😛

I just think people are often too dismissive of basic safety aspects of cars these days and figured it was worth highlighting to the OP that her priorities are a bit arse about.

Protect your seats, or protect your kids?

I realise it’s not really that extreme, but was just hoping to make a point.

If the OP insists on seat covers I’d suggest choosing OEM products. Airbags aren’t really things you want to take a chance with.

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